Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) struck a defiant tone in her first interview after joining the growing list of high-profile Democrats and Trump critics who have been targeted with suspected mail bombs.
Unlike others who were targeted, Waters was marked as the intended recipient of two separate devices. One package was intercepted at a congressional mail sorting facility in Maryland, and the other was discovered at a facility in Los Angeles.
But Waters isn’t backing down in the face of threats, and she’s encouraging her supporters to do the same. The California Democrat addressed the incident in an interview with Blavity News.
“I don’t know whether the bombs are real or not, but we should not crawl under the bed, close the doors, not go out, be afraid to go to rallies, whatever,” she said. “We have to keep doing what we’re doing in order to make this country right.”
Watch the video below:
Blavity fam, @RepMaxineWaters stopped by to chat! Check out this video to see what Auntie Maxine had to say about the bomb threats that targeted her earlier today. Click here for the full video https://t.co/1rfYJ7Oieu pic.twitter.com/U2TPX547b6
— Blavity News (@Blavity) October 25, 2018
“That’s what I intend to do,” she added. “And as the young people said, I ain’t scared.”
In a longer video posted to the Blavity website, Waters attributed some blame for the spate of attempted bombings to President Donald Trump.
“I think the president of the United States should take responsibility for the kind of violence that we’re seeing for the first time in different ways,” she said.
Waters went on to accuse Trump of “dog-whistling,” or using coded language to send a message to his followers:
“And I think that they’re acting out what they believe the president wants them to do and the way that he wants them to act.”
Waters cited calls for violence Trump issued during his 2016 presidential campaign when he would encourage attendees at his rallies to rough up protesters as they were being ejected for disrupting his speeches.
“He, in his own way, really does do a lot to promote violence,” she said. “Now they’re trying to turn it on us.”
Waters explained that she didn’t yet know what exactly the packages contained, or if any of the devices were functional, but she offered a strong message to her supporters.
“We must not be intimidated to the point where we stop advocating and protesting for justice,” she said. “[…] We should never stop the struggle and the fight for justice and equality in this country.”